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Nest upgrades its smart home appliances

Revamped: Nest thermostat and Protect smoke alarm


Nest has upgraded its smart thermostat

Smart home brand Nest has updated its range including its smoke alarm, thermostat and introduced a new camera that allows people to keep an eye on their home from anywhere. 

The upgraded Protect smoke alarm is the second-generation version of this hi-tech smoke alarm and features a new smaller design and enhanced capability – which it claims enables it to detect both fast and slow-burning fires.

Another enhancement is that you can control the alarm from your mobile phone or tablet – handy, if the alarm is inadvertently triggered and you want to switch it off.

But the new Nest Protect doesn’t come cheap – and buying it will set you back £89*. If you want to protect your home for less, check out our Best Buy smoke alarms.

Smoke alarm reviews

The best smoke alarms will sound in time for you and your family to escape a fire but won’t go off every time you burn a slice of toast.

We test smoke alarms by checking they can quickly detect common household fires. We create a smouldering wood fire, a smouldering cotton fire, a flaming liquid fire, and a flaming plastics fire in our test lab and time how long it takes for each alarm to go off.

Two alarms failed to sound in time when we subjected them to smoke from a smouldering wood fire. We’ve named these Don’t Buy smoke alarms.

Nest Smart Thermostat

The Nest smart thermostat app has also had a refresh, which Nest says will make it easier and more intuitive to use. You can now also control up to twenty thermostats from the app. 

We’ve tried this stylish and pricey smart heating control – find out whether we think it’s worth the money by reading our . 

You can also read our full test lab smart thermostat reviews.  Smart thermostats allow you to control your heating remotely using your smartphone. 

Nest Cam

Finally, Nest has introduced the Nest Cam which enables you to view your home from anywhere on a phone and will be available from next month. 

It has motion alerts and night vision allowing you to see the whole room.

If you want to find out more about how to protect your home from burglary read our guide to burglar alarms and home security.

*Price correct on 18 June 2015.

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